Draft Agenda for Invasive Species Summit

The following draft agenda is provided so that interested attendees can begin to get a sense of the types of dialogue likely to take place at the Summit. In addition to the program as outlined below, a poster session will accompany the summit to maximize opportunities for showcasing the latest developments in invasive arthropod species management and a drafting station will be available for collaborative efforts to craft a consensus document on the challenges of invasive arthropod species.

Friday, November 9

Securing our Borders: Using technology and cooperation to address our forestry invasive arthropod species challenge – A Technical Perspective

Limited seating available, special invitation only. This small group, round-table conversation between Canadian and US federal officials will discuss the technical challenges of the trans-boundary invasive arthropod species challenge. A small group of participants will engage with a facilitator to address issues of communication and collaboration along the border.

Securing our Borders: Using technology and cooperation to address our forestry invasive arthropod species challenge – A Policy Perspective

Limited seating available, special invitation only. Similar to the earlier technical discussion, this small round-table conversation between Canadian and US federal policy officials from agencies which deal with invasive arthropod species will be a strategic conversation on increasing cross-border cooperation to better enable early and rapid detection of invasive species. The facilitated session will be influenced by outcomes of  the earlier technical discussion.

Reception (6:30pm)

Attendees will enjoy networking and having an opportunity to preview the posters that will be on display throughout the summit. Additionally, the consensus document drafting station will be available for collaborative drafting efforts.

Saturday, November 10

Welcome (8:00am)

Attendees will preview the day to come, receive an overview of the day, including any important updates or outcomes from the prior day’s round-table conversations. Other topics to be covered include a summary of the purpose of the Grand Challenges Agenda for Entomology (GCAFE), the need for better and more effective science communication, a presentation of current invasive policy statements from the entomology community, and discuss the development of a consensus statement to be developed during the meeting which will serve as a planning document to direct future efforts.

Keynote address (8:20am)

A high level and high impact speaker will be invited to deliver an address on federal priorities related to international cooperation in invasive species. The speaker will discuss the current state of affairs as well as outline some areas for future exploration.

Perspective Talks (9:00am)

Various aspects of the invasive species challenge will be discussed as “What if …” scenarios. Each of these short talks, delivered in a lively style of presentation, uses an iconic invasive species which has successfully found a new home as a method to outline areas where we could have made a difference regarding invasive species, but didn’t. The goal is to identify lessons learned from prior successful invasions, either by inaction, missed opportunities, or simple bad luck, can be used to prevent future invasions.

  • Development and Deployment of Management Systems
  • Landscape and Design Management
  • Predicting the Invasion
  • Pathway Detection
  • Role of Regulators
  • Monitoring and Early Rapid Response

Break (9:35am)

During the break, refreshments will be supplied, participants will be invited to review the posters, and all will be encouraged to visit the consensus document station, where the group will collaboratively work on preparing an outcome statement from the Summit.

State of the Port (10:00am)

Vancouver is one of the busiest ports in the Americas and is among the top 30 busiest ports in the world. It is also connected to the world as a major hub for international flights to and from North America. As such, a discussion of the real life challenges faced by the Port Authority can show the scope of the problem in addition to other challenges, such as funding, scale, training, and the tools of the trade.

Challenge Areas Panel (10:30)

Without regard to the pest, many of the challenges that entomologists and other professionals face are the same. This panel presentation will seek to define the primary issues that need to be addressed. Panelists will be invasive species experts with relevant knowledge on the following areas:

  • Scientific solutions to global challenges
  • Connecting science to communities
  • Collaboration/partnership with industry
  • Funding research and implementation
  • Influencing national and international policy

Unconventional Solutions (11:00am)

This presentation will focus on looking beyond the obvious for solutions. It will be about thinking differently and building solution-seeking communities where they don’t currently exist. The e-Economy has disrupted most traditional business models, forcing individuals to look beyond the horizon to adapt to an always-new paradigm. What is to be learned by broadening our scope as we search for solutions to the invasive arthropod species challenge?

International GCAFE Updates (11:20am)

The GCAFE Initiative is broader than this single summit. It is a community of entomologists and partners who seek to improve the state of the world through collaborative communication around the challenge areas. This section of the program will deal with updates on the following areas:

  • Update from Brazil and South America
  • ICE Leadership Summit
  • Update from Europe
  • Update from Africa

Morning Wrap Up (11:45am)

Lessons learned during the morning sessions will be discussed, the consensus document will be reviewed, and the afternoon sessions will be previewed.

Lunch (11:55am)

Breakout Sessions on Critical Issues (12:45pm)

Some of the most pressing needs related to invasive arthropod species will be discussed in breakout sessions. In each room, an expert on the topic will facilitate a meeting, assisted by the ESA Science Policy Fellows, and others. Using the “one word, one sentence, and one paragraph” model, the breakout sessions will be tasked to outline the most important factors related to their critical issue and then summarize them as tightly as possible.

  • Management versus Control
  • Landscape and Design Management
  • Regulators and Funding Challenges
  • Pathway Detection
  • Monitoring and Early Rapid Response

Break (2:00pm)

During the break, refreshments will be supplied, participants will be invited to review the posters, and all will be encouraged to visit the consensus document station, where the group will collaboratively work on preparing an outcome statement from the Summit.

Report Outs on Critical Issues (2:20pm)

Each of the discussion leaders from the breakout sessions will provide a brief summary on the outcomes from their sessions.

Moving from Discussion to Impact (3:00pm)

Building on the report outs, a well-known author and respected science communicator will work with the summit attendees on shaping the outcome statements to become impact messages, emphasizing ways to craft science as a narrative in such a way so that the public at large can understand the message and, more importantly, find it compelling enough to act on.

2019 and Beyond (4:00pm)

Perhaps the most important part of the summit will occur in the hours and weeks that follow its conclusion. This talk will set the stage for that. The presidents from the three hosting entomological societies will discuss the day’s conversations, the consensus document, and identified needs in the coming days, months, and years.

Adjourn and Attendee Photo (4:30pm)